A couple of years back I decided to do something about my receding hairline. Ok, fine…I’m balding and tired of losing my hair. In a moment of desperation, I decided to try Rogaine and things didn’t go well. You can read all about my month on Rogaine in this blog. Needless to say, it was not an option after some unwanted side effects.
After a recent haircut appointment, I made the decision to ask the gal that cuts my hair for advice on not losing any more of my already-receding hairline. I have been going to the same person for three years for my semi-weekly trims so I knew she would be honest.
She offered the following tips that are minimal and help keep that balding spot from growing. I’m willing to give these tips a shot.
—Wash your hair on a regular basis with a mild shampoo. A clean scalp helps prevent dandruff and infections in your hair follicles. However, the kind of shampoo you use makes a difference. Mild shampoos do not contain fragrances or crazy chemicals that can screw up your scalp. Here’s a mild shampoo that is reasonably priced and will do the trick.
—Avoid brushing your hair while it is wet. I have always brushed my hair while it is wet but this is a big “no-no” because your hair is weakest when it’s soaked. And here’s the second thing I’ve been doing wrong—brushing my hair too much. That’s right, hang on to more hair by running your fingers through it instead.
—Your hair does not like excessive sweating. The term “helmet head” or “hat head” is not a myth, it’s real and can do real damage to your hair. Hats or helmets allow that sweat to make a nice home in your hair shaft which leads to weakened hair shafts and greater loss. Guys with dandruff totally get this in the summertime. If you have the balls to wear one, consider a bandana or a scarf to keep the sweat away.
—Lose the man bun. Guys with longer locks that ear their hair in a ponytail or guys with enough hair to pull a man bun may want to rethink that dude updo. Pulling and tearing at the hair follicles leads to less hair.
—Check your meds. You may be taking some medications that are actually causing you to lose your hair. Do an inventory, check the symptoms and side effects and talk to your doctor about other options or at least be aware. Just be sure to talk to your doctor about it first.
—Dry naturally. Hairdryers are convenient but if you can switch up your routine and allow your hair to dry, it will go a long way. The more heat you use, the more the proteins in your hair are damaged. If you can, air-dry your hair instead. Dry towels are also not recommended.
—Scalp massages. Not only do scalp massages feel awesome but they also help stimulate your hair follicles. Apparently, you can also rub in some essential oil, green tea and even garlic juice (not sure if it’s worth the stench) to help get your hair to grow a bit more.
—Vitamins and supplements. Vitamin E boosts blood circulation (which could also help with your endurance in bed) and Vitamin B helps you keep your hair color.